Setting out on a culinary journey is not just about savoring exotic flavors; it’s an opportunity to embrace diverse cultures and traditions. When it comes to food, different countries often have unique names for their beloved dishes, causing some delightful confusion. I learned this first-hand on my recent trip to Portugal (see #5 below). This week, we will delve into five typical food dishes from around the world and learn how their terms hold distinct meanings in their respective countries compared to the United States.

Culinary Inspiration

November 11, 2023

Lost in Translation: Discover the True Meanings Behind These Popular Global Delicacies

Those who know me also know that I have a deep passion for all things Italy!  The mere thought of traveling to Italy often conjures up images of enchanting canals in Venice, awe-inspiring ancient ruins in Rome, and the captivating beauty of Tuscany’s rolling vineyards.  However, lately, it feels as though the entire world has discovered this allure, leading to overwhelming crowds and skyrocketing costs. What if I told you of a hidden gem that promises a similar, if not more extraordinary experience, at a fraction of the price and without hordes of tourists?

Luxury Travel

November 2, 2023

Escape Italy’s Crowds & High Costs for This Hidden Gem in Europe

The holiday season is a time of enchantment, joy, and celebration. While Christmas markets are a cherished tradition in Europe, the experience becomes even more magical when enjoyed on a river cruise along the Danube and Rhine rivers. This week, we will explore what makes these Christmas market river cruises so unique and why booking far in advance is crucial for a chance to embark on this unforgettable journey.

Luxury Travel

October 21, 2023

The Magic of Christmas Markets River Cruises

With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to dedicate this week’s blog to holiday travel tips since many of you will face part of the holidays either on the road or at the airport at some point. 

The holiday season is a wonderful time to relax, create lasting memories, and explore new destinations. However, travel during this time can be stressful and overwhelming. We have compiled a list of essential tips and tricks to help make your holiday travel experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical paradise or visiting loved ones in a faraway city, these suggestions will save you time, money, and unnecessary headaches.

Luxury Travel

October 13, 2023

Your Ultimate Guide to Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is not only a destination that epitomizes natural beauty, adventure, and awe-inspiring wonders, but it is on almost everyone’s bucket list (it was on mine)!  Historical Background: Victoria Falls holds profound historical significance, intertwined with the rich tapestry of Zimbabwe’s past. The falls were first discovered by the European explorer David Livingstone […]

Luxury Travel

October 8, 2023

Chasing Waterfalls at Victoria Falls: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Costa Rica, the enchanting jewel of Central America, is a sanctuary for those seeking a vacation that transcends the ordinary. With its mesmerizing blend of adventure, exotic wildlife, vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and embracing the culture of Pura Vida, Costa Rica is a destination like no other in North America.

Luxury Travel

September 15, 2023

Embracing Pura Vida in Costa Rica

People often wonder why I’m so passionate about food travel.  Well, the biggest reason is that I firmly believe that culture and cuisine go hand in hand, creating a vibrant tapestry of flavors, traditions, and stories. The culinary landscape of a region is often a reflection of its rich cultural heritage. This week, I’d like to delve into the fascinating link between culture and cuisine, exploring how they influence and enrich each other.

Luxury Travel

September 9, 2023

Gastronomy Travel: How Culture and Cuisine are Intertwined

Last week, I shared five of my top ten amazing takeaways from Virtuoso Travel Week. In case you missed it, you can find it HERE. This week, I’ll complete the puzzle and share the last 5.

Luxury Travel

September 2, 2023

My Top 5 Amazing Takeaways from Virtuoso Travel Week 2023 (part 2)

As this latest edition of Virtuoso Travel Week concluded, ten exceptional choices emerged from the constellation of options, each sparkling like a gem in the travel firmament. This week, we will uncover what makes these first five properties (yes, I consider a cruise ship to be a floating hotel whose “property” is wherever they dock) the epitome of extraordinary, setting the tone for a new era in luxury travel.

Luxury Travel

August 26, 2023

My Top 10 Amazing Takeaways from Virtuoso Travel Week 2023 (part 1)

There’s a certain magic that comes with family vacations – a sense of adventure, discovery, and connection that forges lasting memories. As the seasons transition and winter starts to cast its spell, now is the prime opportunity to embark on planning your winter and spring break vacations.  This week, we’ll whisk you away on a journey through […]

Luxury Travel

August 13, 2023

Why Now is the Time to Plan Your Winter and Spring Break Vacations